Marijuana advocate Christie, Update !! Hawai'iSubmitted by chas_eric on Fri, 07/09/2010 - 18:44
Feds raid Hilo pot ministry
by Colin M. Stewart And John Burnett
Tribune-Herald Staff Writers
Published: Friday, July 9, 2010 10:23 AM HST
Marijuana advocate Christie, 12 others arrested; charges to be detailed today
Federal agents apprehended at least a dozen people on the Big Island in a series of raids that began early Thursday morning.
Among those taken into custody was outspoken marijuana advocate Roger Christie, the founding director of The Hawaii Cannabis Ministry in downtown Hilo.
"We assisted federal agents in the arrest, and that's about all I can say," said Capt. Randall Medeiros, commander of the police Criminal Investigation Division. He directed further inquiries to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Honolulu.
Roger Christie's THC Ministry was raided, and federal authorities took hundreds of plants
By Nelson Daranciang
Big Island marijuana advocate Roger Christie, his partner, two employees of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry and 10 people who allegedly supplied marijuana for the ministry are facing federal marijuana manufacturing, possession and distribution charges.
A federal grand jury returned a secret indictment last month against Christie, Sherryanne L. St. Cyr, Susanne Lenore Friend, Timothy M. Mann, Richard Bruce Turpen, Wesley Mark Sudbury, Donald James Gibson, Roland Gregory Ignacio, Perry Emilio Policicchio, John DeBaptist Bouey III, Michael B. Shapiro, Aaron George Zeeman, Victoria C. Fiore and Jessica R. Walsh.
A federal judge unsealed the indictment yesterday. The U.S. attorney scheduled a news conference for this afternoon.